Formation of nanoscale titanium carbides in ferrite: an atomic study

YN Lv and P Hodgson and LX Kong and WM Gao, APPLIED PHYSICS A-MATERIALS SCIENCE & PROCESSING, 122, 238 (2016).

DOI: 10.1007/s00339-016-9779-2

The formation and evolution of nanoscale titanium carbide in ferrite during the early isothermal annealing process were investigated via molecular dynamics simulation. The atomic interactions of titanium and carbon atoms during the initial formation process explained the atoms aggregation and carbides formation. It was found that the aggregation and dissociation of titanium carbide occurred simultaneously, and the composition of carbide clusters varied in a wide range. A mechanism for the formation of titanium carbide clusters in ferrite was disclosed.

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